§ 55. Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
asked the Home Secretary whether he can give the total number of imprisonments for debt during the 12 months ended 31st December, 1927, or to the most recent date for which) statistics are available; and whether he is able to differentiate between those imprisoned for failure to provide maintenance for wives and families, for failure to pay rates and taxes, for failure by parents to pay Police Court fines on account of children failing in school attendance, and for other causes, respectively?
§ Following is the answer:
§ Debtor Prisoners, 1927.
|Courts of Summary Jurisdiction||9,227|
|The following were committed by Courts of Summary Jurisdiction:|
|For non-payment of maintenance of wife, family, or relatives under Orders obtained by Poor Law Authorities||129|
|For non-payment of wife's maintenance under Married Women (Maintenance) Acts, etc.||3,998|
|For non-payment of children's maintenance under the Children Act, 1908, etc||111|
|Total, wives, families, etc.||4,238|
|of bastardy arrears||2,761|
|of Income Tax||193|
|under Orders made under the Employers and Workmen Act, 1875||11|
|of other debts||98|
§ Details of the cases from Courts other than Courts of Summary Jurisdiction are not available.
§ Police Court fines on parents on account of children failing in school attendance are imposed as penalties on conviction. In the latest year for which figures are available, namely, 1926, 97 persons were received in prison in default of payment of fine for various offences tabulated against the general heading "Education Acts, Offences against."